St. Mary’s, along with two other Episcopal Churches, have been friends with the Bonne Nouvelle School and church in Bigonet, Haiti. They come here for visits, we go there for visits. The recent storms have wiped out their crops, and once again they find themselves in dire straights. We have been holding some fundraisers for them and keeping them in our prayers as they struggle to rebuild.
Principal Louis and the students at Bonne Nouvelle School are very thankful for our support. St. James has raised $3,227 from Crowdrise online donations and $3,590 from checks sent to them; 75% from outside their parish. So to any St. Marians who’ve contributed, they say mesi anpil!
Three community women have volunteered to prepare lunch three times a week for students, often their only meal of the day. With the wired funds, they bought 18 bags of rice and are using a little over one bag each time they serve lunch. So this rice should last them about a month. Relief organizations haven’t reached many rural mountain communities, but the funds we’ve sent have enabled Bigonet community leaders to buy food at nearby markets. Local leadership in disaster recovery is more sustainable. This is another way in which relational ministry is rewarding.
The community leaders are planning for how they’ll do tree and seed distribution as planting begins in November-December. Community farmers still have lots of work to do to re-terrace their mountainside plots.
St. James continues to collect funds for hurricane relief online through Crowdrise, but if you’d rather send a check, mail it to St. James Episcopal Church, 3225 East Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Thanks!